Take two, now with actual coherency
It's no secret that I'm a pretty big fan of Togashi Yoshihiro, creator of Yuu Yuu Hakusho and, later, Hunter x Hunter. But not so many people know that in between those two big, glorious shounen punchfests, he did a very short-lived sci-fi manga anthology called Level E.
The "plot," so much as there is one, centers around a baseball player from Yamagata (always Yamagata!) who moves to Tokyo and immediately gets involved with a mysterious bastard of an alien who torments him and others in various hilarious but (ultimately) harmless ways.
I got a bit obsessed with it back in 2002 -- around the time I started this journal, in fact -- because the art looked gorgeous and the story looked utterly unlike anything else Togashi had done. I briefly embarked on a scanslation attempt, before realizing that my Japanese ability at the time just wasn't up to it.
At the time it was already about five years old and Togashi had embarked on Hunter x Hunter, so the idea of it getting animated was the sort of thing I would have odd dreams about and little more. So seeing it get an animated adaptation nearly ten years later, after my obsession has dimmed to a mere nostalgic admiration, is sort of shocking and wonderful, my own personal "Lost Footage from The Magnificent Ambersons
Moreover, judging by the trailers
, the adaptation looks gorgeous. The art is incredibly accurate to the manga, and individual shots even mirror (or improve upon) the manga's layouts. It looks like there are at least periods of great fluidity in the animation (such as the Prince's beat-down of the Discunian), and there's no obvious stunt-casting among the seiyuu (the only oldbie is Koyasu Takehito as Craft, which is awesome
, especially given the amount of comedy roles he's been doing recently).
(There's also Tachiki Fumihiko, fresh from Kamen Rider W, doing the narration. Given that the manga already features a sentai parody [which they're adapting! Eee!], I'm going to demand at least one W joke here.)
So, anyway, as much as I try to have at least a bit of dignity about my watching habits nowadays, this is something that hits me in my deeply, deeply happy place. It's something I never expected to happen, and knowing that it's going to happen, with what could very well be the best-case scenario in terms of skill and faithfulness of the adaptation, triggers that sad slumbering fangirl of many years ago.
January feels so far away.